Patents by Inventor Norman Plassky

Norman Plassky has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10335239
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a marker for optical medical navigation, comprising a structure (1) with at least one recess (3), and at least one supporting element (2), wherein each supporting element (2) is configured to be accommodated within a particular recess (3) and to support at least one optically detectable element (4), and wherein each recess (3) has a first opening (5) which allows a supporting element (2) to be introduced into the recess (3), wherein the recess (3) has at least two second openings (6) which are different from the first opening (5), wherein each of the at least two second openings (6) is configured to allow the at least one optically detectable element (4) supported by the supporting element (2) to be optically detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Brainlab AG
    Inventors: Norman Plassky, Hansjoerg Huber
  • Patent number: 10117712
    Abstract: A medical marker device comprising a) a plurality of markers which are disposed on the marker device such that each marker of the plurality of markers displays mirror symmetry with respect to a mirror plane of symmetry which is common to all markers of the plurality of markers, b) an attaching unit for attaching the marker device to a marker holder, wherein the attaching unit is disposed on the mirror plane of symmetry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Brainlab AG
    Inventors: Norman Plassky, Hansjoerg Huber
  • Publication number: 20180214213
    Abstract: A tracking reference fixation support configured to fasten a medical tracking reference to a patient's head, the fixation support comprising an elastically deformable base-plate having a bottom surface, the base-plate being configured to rest via the bottom surface against the surface of a patient's head; an interface-plate providing an interface for rigidly attaching a medical tracking reference to the fixation support; and at least one joint that couples the interface-plate to the base-plate, which allows the base-plate to deform while the interface-plate remains substantially dimensionally stable. The invention further relates to a corresponding tracking reference headband and to a corresponding method of providing a patient's head with a tracking reference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: Tobias NEUN, Norman PLASSKY, Stefanie SCHIELE, Christian LECHNER, Bert BRACKE
  • Publication number: 20180116746
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sterile surgical drape comprising a cover portion for a tracking reference array, wherein at least a part of the cover portion is formed inherently stable and has a form adapted to accommodate multiple tracking markers of a tracking reference array for computer-assisted surgery. Further, it relates to a surgical draping system and a medical navigation method using such a drape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: Brainlab AG
    Inventors: Philippe LENNERTZ, Markus CONRAD, Norman PLASSKY, Robert SCHMIDT
  • Patent number: 9943369
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fixation system for attaching a medical image registration matrix (40) to a patient holder (2) which is to be covered by a sterile drape (10), wherein the fixation system comprises at least one fixation set (L, R) comprising a lower part (6) which is adapted to be connected to the patient holder (2) and an upper part (26) which is adapted to be connected to the registration matrix (40) or one of its supporting elements, wherein: the lower and upper parts (6, 26) can be connected to each other by a connector (25) which does not penetrate the drape (10); the lower and upper parts (6, 26) comprise mutually engageable profiled interfaces (8, 28) which are formed so as to accommodate and clamp the drape (10) between them; and wherein the profiled interfaces (8, 28) fit together over a continuous zone of engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Brainlab AG
    Inventors: Rupert Heigl, Norman Plassky, Brian Vasey, Stephan Karasz
  • Patent number: 9827052
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tracking reference structure for localizing and tracking an object by means of a medical tracking system, said structure comprising: —a first part (1) which forms a support structure for at least one tracking marker (3); and—a second part (2) which is configured to be fixed to said object, wherein a positionally fixed connection between the first part (1) and the second part (2) is established by means of an interface comprising at least one resiliently articulated element (4) on the first part (1) and/or second part (2), which engage(s) with the respective other part (2, 1), and wherein the resiliently articulated element (4) is configured such that its restoring spring force alone is already sufficient to positionally fix the connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Brainlab AG
    Inventors: Maria Fowler, Norman Plassky
  • Patent number: 9795239
    Abstract: A connector for attaching a reference array in a fixed positional relationship with respect to a patient to be covered by a sterile drape in an attachment area, includes a support to be situated below the drape and a clamping element which is to be situated above the drape and can directly or indirectly hold the reference array or a reference array adaptor, wherein the clamping element clamps the support, with the drape caught between the two, by at least two distinct clamps which clamp the support from at least partly opposing directions in such a way that the positional shift in the clamping element as a result of clamping the drape at the clamping position is compensated for, such that its overall positional shift is substantially zero. A method attaching a reference array in a fixed positional relationship relative to a patient above a sterile drape is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Brainlab AG
    Inventors: Stephan Karasz, Rupert Heigl, Norman Plassky, Brian Vasey
  • Publication number: 20170281304
    Abstract: A connector for attaching a reference array in a fixed positional relationship with respect to a patient to be covered by a sterile drape in an attachment area, includes a support to be situated below the drape and a clamping element which is to be situated above the drape and can directly or indirectly hold the reference array or a reference array adaptor, wherein the clamping element clamps the support, with the drape caught between the two, by at least two distinct clamps which clamp the support from at least partly opposing directions in such a way that the positional shift in the clamping element as a result of clamping the drape at the clamping position is compensated for, such that its overall positional shift is substantially zero. A method attaching a reference array in a fixed positional relationship relative to a patient above a sterile drape is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: Stephan KARASZ, Rupert HEIGL, Norman PLASSKY, Brian VASEY
  • Patent number: 9706868
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connector (1) for attaching a reference array (72) in a fixed positional relationship with respect to a patient, wherein the patient is to be covered by a sterile drape in the attachment area, the connector (1) comprising: a support (12) which is to be situated below the drape (30); and a clamping element (14) which is to be situated above the drape and can directly or indirectly hold the reference array (72) or a reference array adaptor, wherein the clamping element (14) clamps the support (12), with the drape (30) caught between the two, by means of at least two distinct clamps (16) which clamp the support (12) from at least partly opposing directions in such a way that the positional shift in the clamping element (14) as a result of clamping the drape (30) at the clamping position is compensated for, such that its overall positional shift is substantially zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Brainlab AG
    Inventors: Stephan Karasz, Rupert Heigl, Norman Plassky, Brian Vasey
  • Publication number: 20150351863
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a marker for optical medical navigation, comprising a structure (1) with at least one recess (3), and at least one supporting element (2), wherein each supporting element (2) is configured to be accommodated within a particular recess (3) and to support at least one optically detectable element (4), and wherein each recess (3) has a first opening (5) which allows a supporting element (2) to be introduced into the recess (3), wherein the recess (3) has at least two second openings (6) which are different from the first opening (5), wherein each of the at least two second openings (6) is configured to allow the at least one optically detectable element (4) supported by the supporting element (2) to be optically detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 10, 2015
    Inventors: Norman PLASSKY, Hansjoerg HUBER
  • Publication number: 20150297315
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tracking reference structure for localising and tracking an object by means of a medical tracking system, said structure comprising: a first part (1) which forms a support structure for at least one tracking marker (3); and a second part (2) which is configured to be fixed to said object, wherein a positionally fixed connection between the first part (1) and the second part (2) is established by means of an interface comprising at least one resiliently articulated element (4) on the first part (1) and/or second part (2), which engage(s) with the respective other part (2, 1), and wherein the resiliently articulated element (4) is configured such that its restoring spring force alone is already sufficient to positionally fix the connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Maria FOWLER, Norman PLASSKY
  • Publication number: 20150297314
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tracking reference structure for localizing and tracking an object by means of a medical tracking system, said structure comprising:—a first part (1) which forms a support structure for at least one tracking marker (3); and—a second part (2) which is configured to be fixed to said object, wherein a positionally fixed connection between the first part (1) and the second part (2) is established by means of an interface comprising at least one resiliently articulated element (4) on the first part (1) and/or second part (2), which engage(s) with the respective other part (2, 1), and wherein the resiliently articulated element (4) is configured such that its restoring spring force alone is already sufficient to positionally fix the connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Maria Fowler, Norman Plassky
  • Publication number: 20150257851
    Abstract: A medical marker device comprising a) a plurality of markers which are disposed on the marker device such that each marker of the plurality of markers displays mirror symmetry with respect to a mirror plane of symmetry which is common to all markers of the plurality of markers, b) an attaching unit for attaching the marker device to a marker holder, wherein the attaching unit is disposed on the mirror plane of symmetry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    Inventors: Norman Plassky, Hansjoerg Huber
  • Publication number: 20130331688
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fixation system for attaching a medical image registration matrix (40) to a patient holder (2) which is to be covered by a sterile drape (10), wherein the fixation system comprises at least one fixation set (L, R) comprising a lower part (6) which is adapted to be connected to the patient holder (2) and an upper part (26) which is adapted to be connected to the registration matrix (40) or one of its supporting elements, wherein: the lower and upper parts (6, 26) can be connected to each other by a connector (25) which does not penetrate the drape (10); the lower and upper parts (6, 26) comprise mutually engageable profiled interfaces (8, 28) which are formed so as to accommodate and clamp the drape (10) between them; and wherein the profiled interfaces (8, 28) fit together over a continuous zone of engagement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Rupert Heigl, Norman Plassky, Brain Vasey, Stephan Karasz
  • Publication number: 20130317358
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connector (1) for attaching a reference array (72) in a fixed positional relationship with respect to a patient, wherein the patient is to be covered by a sterile drape in the attachment area, the connector (1) comprising: a support (12) which is to be situated below the drape (30); and a clamping element (14) which is to be situated above the drape and can directly or indirectly hold the reference array (72) or a reference array adaptor, wherein the clamping element (14) clamps the support (12), with the drape (30) caught between the two, by means of at least two distinct clamps (16) which clamp the support (12) from at least partly opposing directions in such a way that the positional shift in the clamping element (14) as a result of clamping the drape (30) at the clamping position is compensated for, such that its overall positional shift is substantially zero.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: Stephan Karasz, Rupert Heigl, Norman Plassky, Brian Vasey
  • Patent number: 8211094
    Abstract: A pre-calibrated reusable instrument includes an instrument holder and an instrument held by and movable with respect to the instrument holder. The instrument includes at least two functional elements and at least three markers, wherein at least one of the markers is movable with the instrument relative to the instrument holder such that a movement of the instrument produces a corresponding movement of the at least one marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Brainlab AG
    Inventors: Timo Neubauer, Norman Plassky
  • Publication number: 20100272442
    Abstract: The invention relates to a medical instrument, comprising a signal transmitter and at least one activating device for activating the transmitter which is provided on a transmitter unit which is separate from the instrument, wherein the transmitter unit is a unit which can be fastened to the exterior of the instrument. It also relates to a method for controlling a treatment-assisting medical software by means of a signal transmitter which is arranged on a medical instrument, wherein the instrument is positionally detected by means of a medical tracking system, and wherein the software assigns a different significance to the signal output by the transmitter depending on the position of the instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventors: Christian LECHNER, Norman Plaßky, Manuel Millahn, Georg Christian
  • Patent number: 7809184
    Abstract: A device and method for automatically verifying, calibrating and surveying a navigable surgical instrument, wherein by means of a scanning device, the geometry of the instrument, in particular the shape of the functional elements (e.g., tips) and their spatial position with respect to an attachable reference system, are detected. By means of a data processing unit, a three-dimensional model of the instrument is calculated from the detected information concerning the geometry of the instrument including the reference system, wherein verification, calibration or surveying is performed with the aid of the ascertained information concerning the geometry of the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: BrainLAB AG
    Inventors: Timo Neubauer, Norman Plassky
  • Patent number: 7776048
    Abstract: An adjustable treatment aid for guiding, holding, attaching and/or positioning a tool for treating a bone includes a first frame having a bone position fixing device to attach the first frame to the bone, and a second frame for guiding, holding, attaching and/or positioning the tool. At least one adjusting device allows the first frame to be spatially adjusted relative to the second frame along at least one degree of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: BrainLAB AG
    Inventors: Timo Neubauer, Norman Plassky, Anusch Saffari
  • Patent number: 7688998
    Abstract: The invention relates to a reference star adapter and a method of re-calibrating a previously registered body using the reference star adapter. The reference star adapter includes a first fixing element for coupling the reference star adapter to a body, and a second fixing element for coupling the reference star adapter to a plurality of markers. At least one joint is coupled between the first fixing element and the second fixing element, and at least one position detector is operatively coupled to the at least one joint, wherein the at least one position detector provides data describing a position or a geometry of the at least one joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: BrainLAB AG
    Inventors: Gregor Tuma, Norman Plassky